Economy

Published on October 20th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

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New video: inside Citibank as guards prevent Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from leaving.

occupy wall street citibank arrestsA new video has been posted from inside the Citibank in New York City that was the scene of mass arrests on Saturday.

The video clearly shows Occupy Wall Street protesters, who had come to the branch to close their Citibank accounts, trying to leave. They are prevented from doing so by Citibank security guards and a man in a grey sweater who never identifies himself, but tells them, “It’s too late.”

Soon police show up and tell the demonstrators they are all under arrest for criminal trespass – even as the occupiers say “We were never given a warning by police officers.”

For background on this story, see our earlier posts:

http://youtu.be/H13VkHE3UTQ

What can you do?

  • Join in Bank Transfer Day on November 5th. Organizers are encouraging everyone to close out their accounts at the too-big-to-fail behemoths and voting with their feet by taking their deposits to local credit unions. “Remember, remember, the 5th of November…”
  • Call Citibank President Vikram Pandit and tell him to stop arresting his customers.  He told Fortune magazine he’d be happy to talk to Occupy Wall Street! His office line is (212) 793-1201, and his email address is vikram.pandit@citi.com, or on Twitter @askCiti
  • Take the pledge – tell us in comments if you’re going to close your Citibank (or Bank of American) account on Today! Take your business to a good local credit union or bank. Find a local credit union.
  • Find out about your local Occupy events happening today via Occupy Together

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in Los Angeles, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.



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  • Stone

    Why is the video marked “Private”? Unfortunately, I cannot view your side of the story, therefore my mind remains open to the possibility that the protesters were disruptive and trespassing. If you are going to offer up a video as evidence of nefarious activity on the part of the Bank, may I suggest that you actually make the video public?

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